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10 Ways to Earn More From One Great Article Idea

How to Earn More from One Great Article Idea. Makealivingwriting.com

Are you a writer in search of an article idea? These days, the big-earning article writers have loads of ideas for editors.

But if you’re someone who really finds idea generation tough, there’s another way to earn well. You can do it by getting more mileage out of your short stack of ideas.

Get out of the habit of coming up with one article idea, landing an assignment, and then moving on.

Instead, think in terms of spinning that one little idea straw into a big pile of gold.

How? Here are ten different ways:

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3 Keen Copywriting Tips to Create Better Content

3 Keen Copywriting Tips to Create Better Content. Makealivingwriting.com

If I had a copywriting tips guide to follow when I landed my first job, it would have saved me a lot of suffering.

Mum, dad… please look away now.

I’m afraid that my expensive university education and a degree in English didn’t prepare me to write words that sell.

When I finished school in 2001, I was lucky enough to land a copywriting job at a huge media company. And to be perfectly honest, I thought I’d find the job pretty straightforward.

But it wasn’t. Making the transition from writing academic papers to crafting commercial copy was really hard.

The truth: I used to be quite a horrible copywriter. And I don’t mind admitting it now.

I had to learn to write differently. I studied pro writers, copywriting tips, and the best ad copy. I tested and evaluated copywriting strategies to see what worked and what didn’t. I learned how to write words that sell.

Now, I’m keen on helping others make a living writing. These three copywriting tips will help you create better content:

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Proposal Writing: How an Unexpected Freelance Gig Paid $12,000

The lucrative land of proposal writing. Makealivingwriting.com

When I got a random phone call from a prospect about a proposal writing gig, I was curious.

“I need help writing an RFP [request for proposal] for a multi-year, multi-million dollar cyber security contract for a government agency,” the person said. “The deadline is in 30 days. Can you help me?”

You can make a lot of money doing this kind of work, right? That’s what I thought. But I had my doubts.

Months before this unexpected phone call, I did a lot of leg work to try and land proposal writing gigs and government contract work. And nothing happened.

I navigated clunky government websites and studied the jargon. I registered my writing business on sites like the System for Award Management and FedBizOpps where you can find contracts. I tried to land big contracts, then smaller ones without success.

It seemed like a lost cause. And then this prospect found me on one of those government sites for contractors.

I bid $12,000 for the work, and the client accepted. Here’s what the proposal writing process looked like:

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Freelance Writing Gigs With Great Pay: 50 Niches to Explore

Niche Nectar. Get the best-paid freelance writing gigs. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you ever wonder where the better-paying freelance writing gigs are hiding? It can be hard to believe a good income is even possible, especially if you’re trapped in low-pay assignments that don’t even earn you the minimum wage.

The good news is, there are plenty of niches that pay better than writing, say, a 300-word blog post or a 50-word online product description — to name just two classic bottom-of-the-barrel niches where pay is often miniscule.

The problem is, many writers aren’t aware of all the different types of freelance writing gigs that offer better pay.

Below is a list of writing niches that I can report writers are seeing strong rates for. I’ve noted rate ranges as I’m aware of them, from talking to thousands of writers through Freelance Writers Den and my coaching. I’ve also included tips on industries and approaches for connecting with these clients.

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Writing for Money: The Path to Your First $3,000 Month

Writing for Money - The path to move up & earn more. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder what smart freelancers are doing when it comes to writing for money?

I did. I thought about it a lot when I was working in retail.

You know, minimum wage, run the cashier, stock shelves, talk to customers. Same shift, different day.

When I finally decided to quit, I thought I had freelancing figured out.

But it didn’t take long to realize I couldn’t keep going without good pay to cover my bills.

I expected an immediate, steady income. I’d heard some really great stories about successful writers and thought I could be one of them.

So imagine my surprise when the new clients I desperately needed didn’t magically appear at my door with handfuls of cash.

It was frustrating. And I knew I had to do something about it if I wanted to stick with freelancing.

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Freelance Contract Failures: Are You Flushing Writing Success Down the Drain?

How to avoid a freelance contract failure. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’ve been burned by a client that doesn’t pay, there’s a good chance a freelance contract failure is to blame.

It’s a common theme among freelancers I’ve seen in 16-plus years as an attorney who helps freelance writers and small businesses.

I’ve seen too many writers land a “dream client,” start working without a freelance contract in place, and then have the whole thing fall apart.

Sound familiar?

Avoid a freelance contract failure

It happens. Especially for freelancers who are just starting out. You get excited about landing a new client. You start working and skip over getting a signed contract.

Before you know it you’ve sunk a lot of time into a project. Then the project changes. Or you never get around to negotiating important details for a freelance contract. Then the client fails to pay or refuses to pay because the work isn’t what they wanted. Now what?

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